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Our MA and PhD program in anthropology at the University of Victoria offers a research-intensive experience with exceptional field and lab opportunities. Our graduate coursework enriches students experience through our innovative integrative themes, which connect insights across the traditional subfields of anthropology:

  • Culture, Health, and Inequality
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Space, Place, Knowledge, and Power
  • Visual Anthropology and Materiality

Through thematic coursework and research intensive thesis and dissertation work, students gain a deep exposure to key theoretical and methodological insights, revealing the best of contemporary anthropology.

Degree programs offered

Our MA program is based around a research-based MA thesis.  Coursework leading up to the thesis research will connect across the subfields of anthropology through our department’s integrative themes, alongside courses in relevant methods and your research area.  Independent thesis research projects incorporate fieldwork and/or lab work to make original contributions to the discipline and our communities of practice, while growing your expertise through experiential learning. . Our Master’s students produce compelling and impressive works.

The MA usually takes two years to complete.

Our PhD program provides doctoral students a research-intensive experience alongside close academic mentorship with our Department’s exceptional faculty.  Our coursework and candidacy process facilitates professional and academic development through deep engagement with current scholarship across anthropology’s conventional sub-disciplines through our integrative themes.  We are strongly supportive of doctoral students working in community-engaged contexts, as well as those pushing the boundaries of conventional fieldwork and lab techniques.  Our department has excellent connections to other departments and faculties at UVic, making this an exceptional place to develop your research program and expertise.

The PhD program usually takes four or five years to complete.

In addition to conventional thesis or dissertation projects, this interdisciplinary program provides additional coursework from across the university to address key issues in the fields of culture, society, and politics.

This competitive program is open to MA and PhD students in select Social Sciences and Humanities units. The MA option can be completed in two years. The PhD option can be completed in four years.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 2 years Yes No
PhD 4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Inequality, culture and health
  • Evolution and ecology
  • Space, place, knowledge and power
  • Visual anthropology and materiality

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

Associate Professor and Honours Student Adviser Visual Anthropology, sound studies, creative practices, digital media, infrastructure, Cuba, Canada

Alison Murray

Assistant Professor Biological anthropology, functional anatomy, skeletal biology, life history

Ammie Kalan

Assistant Professor Biological anthropology, primate behavioural ecology, conservation and communication, animal cultures, tool use, bioacoustics, camera trapping

Andrea N. Walsh

Associate Professor and Smyth Chair in Arts & Engagement Visual anthropology, visual culture & theory, contemporary First Nations visual culture

Ann B. Stahl

Professor and Distinguished Lansdowne Fellow Archaeology, comparative colonialism, materiality, digital heritage initiatives, Africa; Ghana

April Nowell

Professor Neanderthal, Paleolithic art and archaeology, Hominin life histories, Cognitive archaeology, Archaeology of children, Levant and Europe

Brian Thom

Associate Professor and Graduate Student Adviser Cultural anthropology, Indigenous legal orders and land rights; ethnographic mapping; space and place; Coast Salish

Daromir Rudnyckyj

Professor Globalization; ethnography; religion; money; cryptocurrency; development; economy; social studies of finance; the state; liberalism & neoliberalism; Southeast Asia; North America; Europe

Erin Halstad McGuire

Associate Teaching Professor Archaeology, material culture, funerary rituals, gender identities, Medieval North Atlantic, Historical archaeology, Experimental archaeology, teaching and learning in undergraduate education

Helen Kurki

Associate Professor and Chair Biological anthropology, skeletal biology, hominin functional anatomy

Iain McKechnie

Assistant Professor Coastal Archaeology, Historical Ecology, Northwest Coast, Zooarchaeology

Margo L. Matwychuk

Assistant Professor and SJS Director Sociocultural anthropology, political economy, feminism, Latin America (Brazil), poverty, housing and homelessness, politics of food and hunger

Melissa Gauthier

Assistant Teaching Professor Economic anthropology, border studies, informal & illicit economies, cross-border trade, Mexico-U.S. Borderlands, Mexico, Yucatán

Quentin Mackie

Associate Professor Archaeology, Haida Gwaii, Salish Sea, stone tools, Northwest Coast

Robert L.A. Hancock

Assistant Professor and IACE Associate Director Academic Indigenous–state relations, Metis studies, Indigenous anthropology, history of anthropology, Indigenous education, Indigenous Studies

Stephanie Calce

Senior Lab Instructor/Adjunct Assistant Professor Biological anthropology, skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, paleopathology, aging & osteoarthritis, taphonomy, zooarchaeology & faunal analysis

Tatiana Degai

Assistant Professor Indigenous research methodologies, ethics, and community-engaged research, ethnographies of the North-Pacific/Arctic, language revitalization

Tommy Happynook

Assistant Professor Nuu chah nulth ways of knowing land, language, knowledge and Identity

Yin Lam

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Adviser Archaeology, zooarchaeology, palaeoanthropology

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by January 15 for September entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7047.

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